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VIETNAM AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA


NEWPOST WORLD WAR II COINS OF FRENCH INDO CHINA

French Indo China 5 Centimes 1946 KM30.2French Indo China was made up of what is now Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After the fall of France to Germany the Japanese stationed a large number of troops in French Indo China and gained important concessions for the use of ports, railroads and airfields.  Shortly thereafter the Viet-Minh forces under Ho Chih Minh began battling both the French and Japanese for an independent Vietnam. Towards the end of the war the United States gave support to the Viet-Minh to fight the Japanese.  The Japanese, seeing the eventual defeat of Germany took full control of French Indo China in March 1945 until the Japanse surrender in August 1945.  The French attempted to reassert control of French Indo China following World War II, but were never able to gain full contol. This aluminum 1946 French Indo China  5 Centime was one of the last coins issued for French Indo China.   The obverse of the 18mm coin depicts Marianne, the national symbol of France, holding a laurel branch, representing peace.  A rice plant and the denomination is on the reverse.  The coins were struck at both the Paris and the Beaumont-le-Roger mints in France.  The Beaumont issues have a small B mintmark under the 5 on the reverse.   The Paris issues do not have a mintmark.
Item FIC-5C-46B FRENCH INDO CHINA 5 CENTIMES 1946-B BAUMONT-LE-ROGER KM30.2 UNC. $7.00
Item FIC-5C-46P FRENCH INDO CHINA 5 CENTIMES 1946 PARIS MINT KM30.1 UNC. $7.00


NEWSOUTH VIETNAM TIGER NOTE

South Vietnam 500 Dong banknote (1972) depicting tiger P33
This 500 Dong note features a fierce tiger is on the back of this 500 Dong note from South Vietnam.  The front pictures Independence Palace, which became Reunification Convention Hall after South Vietnam lost its independence to North Vietnam. The Palace was the home of the President of South Vietnam and was the site of the fall of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975 when a North Vietnamese tank crashed through its gates.   The note features a watermark of the profile of Madame Nguyen Van Thieu, who was the wife of Nguyen Van Thieu, who was President of South Vietnam from 1967 until 1975.  She recently passed away in San Diego in October 2021.  The note was first issued in 1972 and was one of the last circulating banknotes of South Vietnam.   The orange note is 153mm x 75mm.
Item PM-SVN-500D SOUTH VIETNAM 500 DONG NOTE (1972) P33 AU-UNC. $9.75



LAST COIN OF SOUTH VIETNAM

South Vietnam 10 Dong 1974 KM13This 1974 10 Dong coin was the last circulating coin issued by South Vietnam before it fell on April 30, 1975.  The 24mm brass-plated steel coin was issued as part of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's (F.A.O.) Coin program.  The program created awareness of the F.A.O., encouraged people to work towards eliminating food insecurity and raise funds for F.A.O. and related programs.  The reverse of the coin features two farmers in a rice paddy with an inscription which translates "Increase in food production of agricultural products".  The obverse features the denomination. 
Item SVN-10D SOUTH VIETNAM 10 DONG FAO 1974 UNC. $4.00




NEWLIBERATION CURRENCY FOR SOUTH VIETNAM

South Vietnam Liberation Currency, 1 Dong dated 1966 (1975) P40

These small notes were printed in China in the 1960's.  Expecting South Vietnam to quickly collapse, they were dated 1966.  South Vietnam did not fall until  April 30, 1975   The notes were finally issued starting on  September 21, 1975 when the South Vietnamese currency was exchanged for these newly issued "Liberation Currency" at the rate of 1 "Liberation Dong" for 500 South Vietnamese Dong.   The notes were withdrawn on May 2, 1978 when it was replaced with a new currency for unified Vietnam. .  The orange 1 Dong liberation note pictures boats on a river on the front and farmers harvesting rice with rifles stacked behind them on the back.  It is 124mm x 62mm.
Item PM-SVN-LIB-1D SOUTH VIETNAM 1 DONG LIBERATION NOTE 1966(1975) P40 AU-UNC $15.00



FIRST COIN OF SOCIALIST VIETNAM

Socialist Vietnam 1 Hao 1976 coinNorth and South Vietnam were formally unified on July 2, 1976 to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  This aluminum 1976 1 Hao coin was one of the first coins issued by the unified government. One side features the emblem of Socialist Vietnam, the other has the denomination and date.  The coin was struck only a single year.
Item VN-1H SOCIALIST VIETNAM 1 HAO 1976 KM11 AU-UNC. $5.00





VIETNAMESE CLOTH RATION COUPON SHEETS

Vietnam 4 Meters Women's Cloth Ration Coupon sheet from Ho Chih Minh City, 1979
This cloth ration coupons were issued in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and are dated 1979.  In order to purchase cloth or clothing, one had to present the appropriate number of coupons.  Each sheet was good for 4 meters (about 13 feet) of material and contained 14 individual coupons with values ranging from 5 centimeters (about 2 inches) to 50 centimeters of material. Each sheet is made out to an individual. The pink ration coupons were issued to women.. The sheets of ration coupons are approximately 125mm x 85mm (5" x 3.5") and have a blank back.  The sheets have been redeemed however still contain all their individual coupons.  It is a rarely seen item that was issued not long after the fall of South Vietnam to the communists. 
Item PM-CLOTH-PINK VIETNAM WOMEN'S (PINK) CLOTH RATION COUPON SHEET $4.00




NewATTRACTIVE SOCIALIST VIETNAM BANKNOTE SET

Vietnam 5 note set: 200 - 5000 Dong 1987-1991
Ho Chi Minh is featured on the front of these five banknotes of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  The back features various Vietnamese enterprises. The 1987 200 Dong depicts a tractor and farmers in a field.  The 1988 500 Dong features ships in Hai Phong Port. An elephant dragging logs is on the back of the 1988 1000 Dong.  Textile workers are on the 1988 2000 Dong.  The 1991 5000 Dong features the Tri An Dam hydroelectric plant.  It is an attractive and colorful set.  All five are Uncirculated.
Item PM-VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 NOTE SET, 200 - 5000 DONG 1987-1991 UNC. $7.00




VIETNAM 2003 COIN SET  

Vietnam 2003 coin set KM71-KM75
In 2003 Vietnam released their first coins in over a quarter of a century.  An entire generation grew had grown up without ever using coins!  The government finally bowed to the requests of merchants and citizens who wanted the convenience of coins for use in vending machines. There were reports that many children who had never seen a coin before, tried to eat them thinking they were candy. Vietnam has not issued any coins for circulation since then. The brass 5000 Dong coin pictures the Chua Mot Cot temple in Hanoi. The brass 2000 Dong shows a traditional high-roofed house.   The brass 1000 Dong shows a temple in the ancient capital of Hue. The copper-nickel 500 and 200 Dong coins portray the denomination in large numerals.  All five coins are dated 2003 and show the arms Vietnam on the obverse.  The coins were minted a single year and circulated only briefly. Since then no further coins have beeen released for circulation.   Because of inflation they are no longer used.  The government has recalled them for melting, making them difficult to obtain.
Item VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 COIN SET 200 - 5000 DONG, 2003 KM71-75, UNC. $9.75



COINS OF LAOS  

Lao People's Democratic Republic 1980 coin set
Laos is a landlocked nation bordering Vietnam.  It rarely issues coins for circulation.   In 1980  Laos issued its first coins for circulation in 28 years. These consisted of the 10, 20 and 50 Att, struck in aluminum and issued by the Lao People's Democratic Republic.  The designs of the coins feature the denomination in large numbers, with a small picture below. A woman holding grain is on the 10 Att, a farmer plowing is on the 20 Att and a fish is on the 50 Att.  The reverse features the national arms, which include a hammer and sickle.
Item S-LA-SET80 LAO PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC REP. 1980 3 COIN SET, 10 - 50 ATT KM22-24 UNC. $4.50


 PATHET LAO LIBERATION BANKNOTE 

Laos 10 Kip banknote (1968) P20
In April 1968, the communist Pathet Lao forces introduced these notes in the areas of the Laos that they controlled.  Following their victory in 1975 the notes were used throughout Laos.  This red 10 Kip issued by the Patht Lao depicts nurses with patients and soldiers planting bamboo booby-traps. Maybe the nurses are treating the unintended victems of the booby-traps.
Item PM-LA-10K PATHET LAO 10 KIP NOTE P20 UNC.  $3.00




SCARCE KAMPUCHEA COIN  

Cambodia 5 Sen 1979The world did nothing while the Khmer Rouge government of Cambodia slaughtered over a million of their citizens between 1975 and 1979 in an effort to create a communist paradise in Cambodia.  It was a paradise only for those in power.  Finally in December 1978 Vietnam invaded Cambodia and soon defeated the Khmer Rouge. In 1979 a new government with strong ties to Vietnam was formed and the country was renamed The People's Republic of  Kampuchea.  In 1989 the country restored its traditional name of Cambodia.  This aluminum 5 Sen dated 1979 is the only a single coin was issued for circulation by the People's Republic of Kampuchea.  One side has Kampuchea's coat of arms.  The other side has the denomination and date.
Item KH-KAMP KAMPUCHEA (CAMBODIA) 5 SEN 1979 KM69 UNC. $3.00


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